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7th June 2022 Virtual Finance Officer: Outsource your book-keeping to us

Following the increase in use of cloud accounting software’s like Xero, QuickBooks and Sage over the past few years, businesses have never been better positioned to look to outsource their accounting function.  For all businesses, getting the accounting function working efficiently can be challenging, as you will need potentially different people with different skills: someone…

6th June 2022 NHS Pension Savings statement – request yours today!

What is your pension saving statement? Your pension savings statement details your ‘pension input’ or ‘growth’ across all your NHS schemes during the 2021/22 tax year, as well as the previous three tax years. Your pension input amount is simply the growth in the capital value, above inflation, of your NHS pension benefits. Why do…

20th May 2022 DEFRA Deadline: Don’t get caught out

Back in March 2022, DEFRA quietly published new regulation affecting users of plant protection products (PPPs). All businesses, organisations or sole traders that use professional PPPs (sprays to you and I) need to register to comply with the new regulations by 22nd June 2022. This applies to all farmers, contractors, estates, landlords who use contractors,…

16th May 2022 e-Commerce: Are you finding keeping your business’s records a nightmare?

Understanding how to account for your business’s transactions with online selling platforms can be complicated. Ensuring that you are submitting the correct information to HMRC can be tricky as not all platforms have the same VAT treatment.   A2X could make your life easier by saving you time and headaches from the complex world of…

10th May 2022 Defra Announce 50% BPS advance

As farmers face being squeezed with price increases for inputs due to the situation in Ukraine and worldwide gas and energy prices, DEFRA have announced that the RPA will advance 50% of the value of BPS payments to farmers from the end of July 2022 with the balance to be paid from December as normal.…

8th April 2022 Reduced rate of VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions comes to an end!

In July 2020 the government announced that VAT registered business who operate in the hospitality and tourism industry could use a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT on certain supplies compared to the standard 20% to help them through the Coronavirus pandemic.   The scheme had been extended multiple times, and from 1 October 2021…

7th April 2022 P11d’s, ATED & Form 42 Returns: Now due to HMRC

Although a business may have an accounting year which doesn’t end on 5 April each year, they will still be required to submit various returns to HMRC on a tax year basis. Compliance is now an extremely important aspect of any business, with deadlines, fines and indeed penalties being applied where dates are missed, or…

4th April 2022 MP’s urge HMRC to crack down on unpaid taxes due to pandemic

During the first lockdown HMRC paused most debt collection activities, which has contributed to the total UK tax debt of £39bn according to The Public Accounts Committee. HMRC have stated, “We are recouping debt safely, taking into account customers’ circumstances and making repayments affordable. It’s in no-one’s interests to push viable businesses into insolvency when…

21st March 2022 Extension of plug-in van and truck grants

The government have announced that they will be extending their plug-in van and truck grants for another two years to spring 2025, there will also be changes to the existing plug-in vehicle grants applicable for the funding of larger trucks.   From 1 April 2022, the threshold to claim the small truck grant of up…

1st March 2022 Inheritance tax and the increase in property prices

While you may be pleased that the value of your home is increasing, it may also mean that you need to consider the effect that the increased value may have on Inheritance Tax.   The number of people being caught by Inheritance Tax has increased by over 35% within the last year, mainly due to…